Trophy Trousers and how to wear them

No self-respecting fashionista can have failed to have noticed the latest trend of printed and patterned statement trousers, rocking the major catwalks for the last couple of seasons.

But this is one fashion trend that is pretty tricky to pull off. Go top to toe all-over print and you’ll end up looking like a pair of 70’s curtains. Get the look right however, and you’ll probably be snapped by some huge fashion magazine, and starring in their ‘what am I wearing’ street look piece.

So what are the rules when it comes to wearing a pair of trophy trousers? And what exactly are they? Well, basically, any pair of trousers with a stand-out pattern, print, shiny texture or bold geometric are classed as trophy trousers. Think posh pyjamas for daywear and you’re halfway there.

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The rules are a more complicated. And it’s all to do with what you team them with, and what patterns are ‘in’, and what are ‘out’.

For novices of the trophy trouser, we suggest you stick to capri style, slim fit pants, or skinnies that have a tight fit at the ankle. For those who are more confident with this look you can try the wider leg pantaloons. But be careful what footwear you team them with.

All slim fitting trophy trousers should always be worn with a heel, think kitten or something as dainty. But wide legged trophy pants have to be worn with flats, that’s unless you want to look like a reject from a hippie commune in India. No one can pull off that look and you don’t want to be the first to attempt it.

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Now for patterns. Trophy trousers are all about the print or texture, so go bold, with shiny brocades, jacquards, big florals, geometrics, paisley, you name it. Repeated patterns look fabulous, think Marni, Orla Kiely, or Missoni. Stripes work particularly well or flowers in oversized prints.

Prints to steer clear from are any animal patterns, such as leopard prints or tiger stripes, unless you want to rock a Jackie Collins style, and Aztec patterns are too dated.

Pairing two patterns is a trend that was popular a couple of seasons ago, but we think that trophy trousers should take centre stage, that’s unless you are taking to the catwalk. So pick out a main colour from your pants and compliment that with a matching top and accessories.

Go further to keep the focus on the trousers by choosing footwear in the same colour, and when it comes to picking out the top, stick to something with a bit of structure, such as a tailored jacket. Stay away from anything too delicate and floaty, they won’t work with the print of the trousers.

Now you get the basic idea, check out our favourite designer trophy trousers below:

Erdem Melinda printed twill slim-leg pants – £560

Erdem Melinda printed twill slim-leg pants - £560

The very definition of trophy trousers, this pair from Erdem, one of Kate Middleton’s favourites labels, feature a floral twill. Slim fitting so team with black stilettos and a quality knit.

Roberto Cavalli Printed silk-satin pants – £1,580

Roberto Cavalli Printed silk-satin pants - £1,580

Not for the faint-hearted, these satin pants are more like an artist’s canvas than an item of clothing. Combining a colourful floral print with a slight flare at the hem. Wear with a simple shirt for maximum effect.

Balmain Metallic jacquard pants – £1,640

Balmain Metallic jacquard pants - £1,640

These pants are all about the texture and repeated pattern. The black jacquard print is a great alternative to a dress for a night out. Team with a smart blazer for a simple tailored androgynous look.

Tory Burch Walton printed stretch-cotton piqué straight-leg pants – £220

Tory Burch Walton printed stretch-cotton piqué straight-leg pants - £220

It’s the colour and the pattern that take centre stage with these trousers. A gorgeous turquoise in a modern twist on traditional paisley in a flattering stretch cotton.

Christopher Kane Floral-print cotton-jersey track pants – £275

Christopher Kane Floral-print cotton-jersey track pants - £275

Real pyjama style trophy pants here, with a bright burst of electric blue in the floral print, bringing these pants bang upto date. We love the slouchy feel of these, posh leisurewear we reckon!

Anna Sui Geometric-print silk-crepe wide-leg pants – £420

Anna Sui Geometric-print silk-crepe wide-leg pants - £420

Finally, let loose your inner ’60’s rock chick, with these fabulous trophy wide-legged pants, in a gorgeous silk crepe fabric. There is a matching top available, but we suggest tempering the look with a complimentary colour on top.

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